2011 is the Year of the Bat. Bats are wonderful creatures and are a protected species in our country. This protection has allowed the numbers of bat to rise over the last few years making it more likely that we can see bats flitting around our gardens and parks. Thursday 3rd November is National Non-Fiction Day and to celebrate this along with the Year of the Bat, we have created two podcasts full of bat facts for you and your children to listen along to.
Most children know something about bats, some of which is quite likely not to be true! We were delighted to invite Paul Lupton along to answer some questions about bats and dispel some popular myths. Paul was a teacher for many years and now runs his business, Argus Ecology, full time. Paul and his colleagues are a mine of information about bats and have put together a fact sheet for us along with some of their photographs. They are very keen to encourage children to find out more about bats and to help them understand how they can create a bat friendly environment.
If you would like to find out more about bats then you can visit the Bat Conservation Trust or The Year of the Bat’s websites. These websites are full of information and have lots of resources to download.
There are two podcasts suitable for different ages and that cover the following information.
Over 7’s: Different species of bat, food, size, mothers and babies, bats in winter, myths, bat sounds and creating a bat friendly environment.
Running time: 9m 10s
Under 7’s: Different species of bat, food, size, mothers and babies, bats in winter, myths, bat sounds and creating a bat friendly environment.
Running time: 6m 39s
You can download the podcasts and accompanying fact sheet and photographs here.